Character Guest Post and Blog Tour for Five Belles Too Many, A Sarah Blair Mystery by Debra H. Goldstein


Five Belles Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein

About Five Belles Too Many

Five Belles Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in the Series
Setting – Alabama
Kensington Cozies (June 28, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496732235
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496732231
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09HRCV4TN

When Sarah Blair’s mother participates in a reality show competition for brides in Wheaton, Alabama, things get a little too real as a murderer crashes the wedding party . . .

Sometimes Sarah’s mother, Maybelle, can be higher maintenance than her Siamese cat RahRah. Maybelle and her friend, Mr. George Rogers, have been chosen to be one of five couples competing for a small-town “perfect” wedding and dream honeymoon on a Southern Belles reality show—and guess who has to be chaperone. Even more vexing, the producers have decided to put up the crew and participants at the restaurant/bed and breakfast owned by Sarah’s nemesis Jane Clark.

But when someone turns up dead with Jane kneeling by the body with blood on her hands, she goes from being Sarah’s chief rival to the police’s chief suspect. Neither Sarah nor her twin, Chef Emily Johnson, can stand Jane—still, they don’t think she’s a murderer. The producers vow the show must go on, but to protect their mother and the other contestants, Sarah vows to find the true killer before someone else gets eliminated . . .

Includes quick and easy recipes!

GUEST POST

RahRah Visits Sneaky

I’m so excited to be visiting Sneaky today! We cats have to stick together. In my world, there is a dog and a lot of humans, but no other cats. My name is RahRah and even though Kensington refers to the cozy mysteries that I’m in as the Sarah Blair mysteries, they’re really about me.

Like Sneaky, I can’t complain. I’m well love and cared for living with Sarah. You might say

I’m living the proverbially “life of Reilly.” Sarah doesn’t seem to know it, but I rule the house. I’ve got my favorite spots to stretch out and catch sun rays, I know exactly how to rub her leg and purr for extra treats, and if I do something that is a definite no-no, like walking across the bar using my tail to make the hanging glasses tinkle, I’m so cute that Sarah usually picks me up and hugs me.

Besides running Sarah’s life, I also rule her rescue dog, Fluffy. When Fluffy moved in, I made it clear from day one that I am this house’s alpha animal. When Sarah needs to use me as a sounding board, I make sure to be still and listen until she finishes pouring her heart out or working out a problem. Otherwise, I play with Fluffy and Sarah or let her snuggle me, but if I decide I’ve had enough, that’s it. I can assure you no one in my world challenges me about anything.

They can’t. I’m rich. I don’t mean only in the love I get from Sarah and the adoration in Fluffy’s eyes when she follows me around, but at the bank. You see, my original owner, who was Sarah’s ex-mother-in-law, willed me the carriage house that Sarah and I live in plus a trust fund. Consequently, even the people at the bank think I walk on water. I don’t plan to disabuse them of this notion.

As you can see, I’m usually the center of everyone’s universe. This week, though, Sarah is busy chaperoning her mother while her mother competes to win the perfect Southern wedding. A TV show from New York is filming the competition here in Wheaton, Alabama and is requiring the five finalists to be chaperoned. Sarah isn’t thrilled – after all, her mother isn’t a twenty-something-year old. Mother Maybelle is over sixty – but good daughter that she is, Sarah is doing it. That means she is running from her day job to take care of Fluffy and me and then she is having her twin, Chef Emily, spend the night once Emily closes her restaurant. I’m working hard to make Sarah feel guilty for neglecting me.

Tell me, Sneaky, what do you do when you want your owner to feel guilty? Readers, anything your cats do to let you know you need to pay them more attention (or things they do that makes you melt)?

Thank you for that pawsome guest post, RahRah. In answer to your question, when I want Alicia to feel guilty, I give her a certain look. You character cats and real cats out there know what I mean. Our stares are stronger than words. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and blog tour.

About Debra H. Goldstein

Many, Four Cuts Too Many, Three Treats Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, and One Taste Too Many). Her novels and short stories received an IPPY award and have been named Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Silver Falchion finalists. Debra served on the national boards of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and was president of the Guppy and SEMWA chapters. Find out more about Debra at https://www.DebraHGoldstein.com .

Author Links

Website – www.DebraHGoldstein.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DebraHGoldsteinAuthor/

Twitter – @DebraHGoldstein

Instagram – debrahgoldstein

Bookbub – https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debra-h-goldstein

GoodReads Link – Debra H. Goldstein (Author of Two Bites Too Many) | Goodreads

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

June 17 – Baroness Book Trove – REVIEW

June 17 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

June 18 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 18 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 19 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

June 19 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 19 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

June 20 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

June 20 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT

June 20 – Diane Reviews Books – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 21 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 21 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 22 – I Read What You Write – GUEST POST

June 22 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT

June 23 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW

June 23 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

June 24 – StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 25 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

June 26 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

June 27 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

June 28 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 28 – The Mystery Section – SPOTLIGHT

June 29 – My Journey Back – SPOTLIGHT WITH RECIPE

June 29 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, GUEST POST

June 30 – Girl with Pen – SPOTLIGHT

June 30 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

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Guest Post by Elaine Faber, author of the new release, Black Cat and the Secret in Dewey’s Diary

A Reader’s Expectations
by Elaine Faber

A reader spends four to six hours, immersed in reading a book. If the story is well written, for a time, she forgets her personal life. She travels alongside the main character or, if the writer is talented enough, the reader feels as if she ‘becomes’ the main character.

Readers choose their genre for various reasons. She may immerse herself in a seedy romance where she feels loved and cherished. She may be a frustrated crime fighter who enjoys following clues and solving the crime before the end of the book. She may wish to experience the thrills and chills of a thriller-suspense novel. Perhaps she is curious about what life would be like in a different universe, or a different time in history. She may hope to learn the traditions of people from other cultures through the pages of a fictionalize adventure. Maybe she just needs to forget her own troubles and laugh a little in a humorous fantasy.

A reader likely seldom wonders what goes into the creation of a novel. What was involved before this story could magically land on a bookstore shelf, and transport them to their chosen destination?

Over many hours, weeks, months and sometimes years, an author must come up with a premise for the story. Some authors outline the entire novel before they ever put fingers to keyboard. Others have a general idea of the story line, and let the story evolve as they write, bringing every thread together at the end. She must keep each reaction and comment true to the personality of the characters through actions and dialogue. Understandably, a fair amount of talent, study and craft skill goes into this.

The end of the story must reach a satisfying conclusion. Add editing, critique by others, formatting, cover design and decisions regarding publication. What a challenge and what a victory when a reader comes back to the author and asks, “When is the next book coming out?” That is an author’s highest compliment.

I just published my fourth cozy cat mystery adventure. Black Cat and the Secret in Dewey’s Diary, a dual tale taking place in Fern Lake where Black Cat narrates his adventures with the return of Kimberlee’s grandmother and a man, presumed dead for 25 years, both bent on causing financial and emotional trouble for Black Cat’s family. Meanwhile, Kimberlee is in Hopfgarten, Austria, following the clues in a WWII soldier’s diary, seeking a lost treasure of gold coins. The previous adventures, Black Cat’s Legacy, Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, Black Cat and the Accidental Angel are also available in e-book and paperback at Amazon.

Black Cat and the Secret in Dewey’s Diary,   http://tinyurl.com/y2tyyeh5

In this dual tale of mystery, lost treasure, and riddles, while Black Cat narrates the exciting events in Fern Lake, Kimberlee discovers a cryptic clue in a diary about a hidden treasure, and heads to Austria to solve the puzzle.

When Kimberlee and Dorian arrive in Austria, they attract the attention of a stalker determined to steal the diary in hopes the clues will lead him to the treasure first. On a collision course, it is inevitable that Kimberlee and the stalker meet in Hopfgarten.

Black Cat and Angel’s lives are endangered with the arrival of Kimberlee’s grandmother in Fern Lake, and the return of a man presumed dead for twenty-five years. With both arrivals, emotional and financial difficulties loom for Kimberlee’s family.

Since their return to Fern Lake, Angel seems reluctant or unable to adjust to her new home. Does she regret leaving Texas and Grandmother? And, when the opportunity arises, will she decide to leave Black Cat and Fern Lake?

Sneaky’s Guest Post about His Experience Meeting the New Kitty in Love on the Rocks and Some Tips on Introducing a New Cat into your Home

This guest post by meow truly was featured on My Reading Journeys as part of Debbie’s blog tour on Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours.

A New Cat in Town Equals a Pawsome Challenge to Sneaky the Library Cat

Meow there. It’s my pleasure to chat on My Reading Journeys blog about Debbie’s new release, Love on the Rocks. I have to admit, I wasn’t too happy when Debbie decided to introduce a new kitty into Cobble Cove. This three-colored kitten came to live at the Cobble Inn with Alicia’s best friend, Gilly, who recently married Sheriff Ramsay. The happy couple eloped and celebrated their marriage in Hawaii where they found a kitten on the beach, and Gilly decided to bring it home. Don’t ask me how she got around airport regulations and quarantines and stuff. For those who’ve read the other books in our series, you’ll know that Gilly has a certain way with people, especially men if you know what I mean. Don’t get me wrong. These are cozy mysteries, after all, but Gilly is a shameless tease in a harmless way. What’s less harmless is how she convinces Alicia to investigate crimes with her. I know John, Alicia’s husband, wasn’t too pleased when they started to search for the killer of the man originally suspected of lacing Valentine candy with poison at the Cobble Cove library where Alicia works as a librarian and Gilly as a clerk.

My main topic is the orange, white, and black kitten named KittyKai. When I was first introduced to her, I was a gentleman albeit a bit scared. Here’s the scene. Judge for yourself if my reaction was proper.

“Oh, my gosh, Gilly!” Alicia said, almost choking on her cookie. “I don’t believe it. You brought a cat back from Hawaii. How did you manage that?” She was thinking about the quarantines and airline procedures.

“I have my ways,” she said rolling her eyes provocatively. “The check-in clerks and the captain found me quite alluring. Ron was jealous, but I got us a kitty. I found her on the beach, poor thing. I think she’ll make a great inn cat.” She brought the kitten over to the table. The twins went wild. “Kitty, Kitty,” they both called, reaching out. She handed the cat to Alicia who let Carol and Johnny pet her.

“It’s a little girl,” Alicia said, examining the backside of the kitten.

“Yep. Her name is KittyKai. ‘Kai’ means ‘sea’ in Hawaiian.”

“Pretty, the name and the cat. I never had a calico.”

“You should get a cat. The twins will be old enough soon to have a pet.”

“I think Sneaky’s enough for us,” John said, “and Fido when Dad brings him by.”

“Speaking of Sneaky,” Gilly said, “Look!” She pointed at the carrier where a beige head was peeking out. Slowly, the Siamese ambled out.

Gilly picked up KittyKai and placed her on the ground.

“Gilly, I don’t think…” Alicia was alarmed that Sneaky might harm the kitten. Instead, he sniffed her. KittyKai, however, drew her small body back, black, orange, and white fur standing on end, her tail erect—the signs of confrontation. She hissed in Sneaky’s face.

Luckily, we resolved our differences as most cats do. One thing in KittyKai’s favor is that she’s a lady. Not that I would have any romantic interest in her. Not only is she a minor, but I’ve been neutered which is the operation we cats get at the vets so we don’t have babies. I don’t mind. I like to be unencumbered.

The one thing that still nags at me, though, is that KittyKai got her photo on our book cover. I know I shouldn’t complain because my photo was on the last book, Written in Stone. However, it still irks me because I’m the top cat in this series, and I intend to remain that way.

For a case of fiction imitates life or vice versa, Debbie recently adopted two kittens and is in the process of introducing them to her 10-year old cat, Stripey.

For those of you facing a new cat or kitten in your home, here are some links that may make the introductions between the newcomer and your resident cat less stressful.

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/introducing-cats

https://icatcare.org/advice/how-introduce-kitten-cat

https://www.thedodo.com/close-to-home/how-introduce-kitten-to-cat

https://www.jacksongalaxy.com/blog/how-to-introduce-two-cats/

Mudpie’s Guest Post

Since I accidentally posted my Feature Friday yesterday, I thought it would be mice to feature this guest post by a fellow cat blogger today. Please welcome Mudpie from Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows.

Hi, everyone! From one blogging cat to another, I’d like to start by thanking Sneaky for inviting me to guest blog today!

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Mudpie and I’m the feline half of the blogging team at Mochas, Mysteries and Meows (www.mochasmysteriesmeows.com). I’m an adorably feisty four-year-old tortoiseshell cat who moved into my forever home two years ago this month. Boy oh, boy did I ever log some miles in getting to Mommy Melissa! I started out in western New York (almost on the Pennsylvania border) when somehow I ended up in the slammer. When I didn’t get adopted right away I was transferred to a shelter in central Vermont (long car ride alert!), then Mommy saw me on PetFinder, adopted me, and I was on the road again for yet another hour drive back to northwestern Vermont! It sure was good to meet my final destination with the knowledge that I now have a family that will love me forever and ever.

I inherited our blog from my predecessor Truffles who was called to the Rainbow Bridge long before her time due to a blood clot in her heart. Needless to say, my Mommy was positively shattered and I made it my mission to make her smile again. It’s my humble opinion that I’ve done a pretty good job, but I know Mommy still thinks about Truffles every day and when she’s extra sad I work a little Mudpie magic to help her feel better.

Are you a regular visitor to our blog? If you’re passionate about cats and books I think you’d be very happy there.  We talk about cat health and nutrition, promote rescue and adoption, review products for both cats and cat ladies, run stories on cat culture and fun feline facts, review mainly cat books (although every now and then I allow Mommy to sneak in a book that doesn’t star a cat…GASP!), and my favorite, our “Mudpie Interviews” series. It started with my interviewing the fictional felines in the cozy mysteries we love to read, but it has expanded to interviews with real life cats who have extraordinary stories to tell. I’ve chatted with a group of special needs kitties who call themselves the “Cats of Hazzard”, a cutie pie named after our President, Pawnald Trump, whose goal is to make Catmerica great again, and a lovely mama tortie named Mimosa who is still waiting for her forever home after seeing her litter of five little nuggets get adopted. I’ve even interviewed you, Sneaky!

I can’t imagine how I ever could’ve lucked into a better life. Not only does my pawsome family think I hung the moon, I have a platform through my blog that enables me to use my voice to hopefully make a difference in the lives of other cats. I don’t think you can ask for much more than that, do you?